Potty Training Your Puppy When You Live In An Apartment

Are

you getting a new puppy to keep you company in your apartment? If so, you’re likely very excited about having your new furry friend around. Raising a puppy is certainly an adventure, but it does take a lot of work. This is especially true when you’re living in an apartment.

You want to make sure that your puppy does not cause significant damage to your apartment. If this happens, you may end up paying hundreds of dollars for repairs or lose your security deposit. One common problem with puppies in apartments is that they have accidents. These stain the carpet and cause unpleasant odors. While you can clean messes up, damage is definitely the last thing you want.

So, let’s get to the good news! It’s possible to potty train any puppy in an apartment. We don’t want you to feel overwhelmed; you can tackle this task with the right resources. That’s why we’ve created a step by step guide on how to potty train your new puppy. When you use the information and resources below, training your pup becomes much easier. Read on to get started!

Read All About Your Puppy’s Breed And Their Habits

Whether

you’ve already got your puppy or you’re looking for one, this is a very important first step. Learning everything there is to know about your puppy’s breed will help you be the best pet owner that you can be. Additionally, it can help you with the potty training process. You may be surprised to learn that different types of puppies have different ‘potty habits’, so to speak.

CesarsWay.com provides some insightful information about the urination habits of different dogs. The article linked there states that younger dogs need to urinate more than older dogs. Fully grown dogs will urinate outside about three to five times a day, so you can expect your puppy to go more often than that. We mentioned in ‘10 Reasons Your Dog’s Crate Is Important’ that puppies should go out at least every three or four hours.

You may want to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to get specific information about your puppy’s potty habits, too. Your puppy’s weight and health factor into how many times he or she will need to go each day. The more you know, the better prepared you can be to train your dog. You can also help reduce the chance of accidents and urinary tract infections (UTI) due to not going to the bathroom enough. While UTIs are treatable, they are very uncomfortable for your little pup.

Let Your New Puppy Become Familiar With Your Apartment

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When

you move into a new place, it definitely takes some time to adjust. The same is true for dogs, and especially for puppies. It’s comparable to moving a child into a new home. Your pup may be nervous, excited, curious, and much more.

Introducing your puppy to your apartment will help calm his nerves and make him feel comfortable in his new home. This process is much easier than you may think, too. Try out the two tips below when you bring your furry friend home for the first time.

  • Lay down puppy training pads in areas that your puppy will explore. Place these on the floor before you start introducing your pup to your apartment. This will make it easier to clean up any accidents your pup has while he tours his new home.
  • Use a short leash to walk your puppy around your apartment. When you first bring your new puppy home, give him a little tour of your apartment. By using a short leash, you can guide your puppy and prevent him from going into off-limit areas.

Be Consistent And Firm When Your Puppy Has Accidents

It

is important to avoid punishing your puppy when he has an accident in your home. A stern “no” may be alright, but punishments can make your pup believe going potty is a bad thing. We know it’s frustrating to clean up accidents, but patience and calm behavior go a long way! When you continue to work with your furry friend and praise him, you are much more likely to get great results.

Keep Your Puppy On A Consistent Schedule

When

you lead a busy or hectic lifestyle, it can be a little tricky to adjust to your new puppy’s schedule. However, it is a very important part of successfully potty training him. Just like your pup is getting used to your home, you are getting used to having him around. There are some small, simple changes that you can make to your daily routine to help your pup adjust. For example, you can:

  • Feed and water your pup at the same time each day. Have a designated spot for your pup’s food and water bowls. You may also want to buy a silicone mat to keep the bowls in place. These are great for new puppies because they may be easily excited, and this can lead to a mess with food and water.
  • Take your puppy out to urinate at the same times each day (if possible). If this is not possible, try to stick as closely to a consistent routine as you can. If you live with a roommate or spouse, you may be able to work out a schedule for taking your pup out to potty.
  • When you take your puppy out to urinate, go to the same spot each day. This helps build familiarity and set a routine for your puppy. He will associate that outdoor spot with urinating. Of course, he will relieve himself other places outside when he gets older. But this is a very constructive routine for young pups.
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Praise Your Puppy When He Is Successful

Positive praise helps reinforce good puppy behavior

Using

positive reinforcement is a great way to help your puppy understand that going potty outside is a good thing. Whether you use petting or verbal praise, make sure to always let your puppy know he’s done a good job. Again, you can compare this to praising a young child for his or her good behavior. When children hear positive things, they are likely to continue their good behavior.

However, it is important to make sure that you use a calm yet upbeat tone of voice. Using a high-pitched or excited voice can be confusing or distracting for your puppy during potty time. It’s tempting to ‘baby talk’ to your new little pal, but you definitely don’t want to impair his progress. Just use a pleasant and peaceful tone with him, and you’re good to go!

How To Clean Up Puppy Accidents In Your Apartment

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Now,

let’s get to the fun stuff – cleaning up after your puppy when he urinates or defecates indoors. This is bound to happen during the training process, and by now you know that patience is a must. Having the right clean up tools on hand can also make taking care of accidents a lot easier.

  • Buy spray carpet cleaner designed for urine stains and odors. These penetrate the fibers of your carpet to help lift out the lingering smell that urine can leave behind. Make sure the spray you buy is also designed for stains. The last thing you want is a ruined carpet that you have to pay your landlord for. Fortunately, you have plenty of options to choose from, and many cleaners are safe and organic.
  • Again, use puppy training pads to help reduce major messes. Puppy pads are incredibly simple. They usually feature a plastic border and an absorbent center. This allows them to soak up urine without it spreading across your floor. Puppy pads are relatively inexpensive, so stocking up on them definitely doesn’t hurt.
  • Buy wood cleaner for urine stains and odors if you have hardwood floors. These cleaners can also usually work on tile, too. Even though these are hard surfaces, they can be porous and absorb urine and odor. That means it’s just as important to clean them as it is to clean your carpets.

Accessories To Help You With Potty Training Your Puppy

Now,

In a perfect world, you’d get to spend every single second playing with your new furry companion. Unfortunately, you’ve likely got to go to work, school, and so on. Even if you are at home, you may need to leave your puppy in another room for a bit. In either instance, it’s important to secure your puppy to prevent accidents from occurring. Make sure you have these two items on hand:

  • Puppy Gates – Do you have an apartment with several rooms you want to keep off-limits? If so, you may only want your little furry friend to explore a limited amount of space. Doorway gates are great for keeping your new furry friend out of “no no” rooms in your apartment. If you have space for one, a playpen-style gate is an excellent choice. These allow your pup room to run around and play.
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  • Puppy Crates – If your puppy is pretty little, a small crate like this one will work just fine. Crates are a good tool if you are going to work or going to be away for a few hours. Dogs have a natural instinct not to urinate in their kennels, too. This is part of their ‘den mentality’ mentioned in ‘10 Reasons Your Dog’s Crate Is Important’. You should also check out this article to see more information about why crates make excellent training tools.

Potty Training Your Puppy – Let’s Sum Things Up!

Now

that you’ve got this information to help you, potty training your new pup may be much easier. From introducing him to your apartment to cleaning up messes, we’ve provided you exactly what you need to know. Let’s do a quick recap just to go over the most important parts of potty training your puppy:

  1. Do some research on your puppy’s breed and the habits of that breed.
  2. Make sure you introduce your puppy to your apartment.
  3. Don’t punish your pup, but be consistent when he has potty accidents.
  4. Stick to a schedule and routine whenever it’s possible to do so.
  5. Give your puppy lots of praise when he successfully goes potty outside.
  6. Keep cleanup tools on hand to reduce pet odors and stains in your apartment.
  7. Invest in some high-quality accessories to help prevent accidents and help with training.

Do you have any other questions about potty training your puppy? Do you think we left something out? Let us know! We’re here to answer questions and help our fellow pet lovers. Feel free to leave any questions, feedback, or suggestions of your own in the comments section.